In Bloom: Iris Explores the Tulip Festivals of West Holland
Visiting the tulip fields of Holland is definitely on Iris' travel bucket list, and since tulip festival season is underway, we asked our Netherlands Collection jewelry artist Ineke Otte for her advice on where to see the most vibrant and lovely places to see the tulip fields in her home country.
Photo Courtesy Ineke Otte, Pictured: Ineke With Tulips
In her knowledgeable opinion, the best tulip fields are in the west of Holland in Noordoostpolder - home to the recent Tulpen Festival. Noordoostpolder is one of Holland's largest producers of this exquisite bulb flower, boasting over 2,000 hectares of tulip bulb fields (that is about the size of 2,000 international rugby fields!)
Aerial View of Tulip Fields
Now known worldwide for its bounty of these bulbous flowers, the Netherlands was first introduced to the tulip by Turkey in the sixteenth century. (The latin name translates to, "the flower that looks like a turban".) By the seventeenth century, the tulip had become wildly popular and was demanding a great deal of cash to purchase. After this period, the Netherlands had cemented its love affair with the tulip.
Once declared ‘dry’ on 9 September 1942, Noordoostpolder forged ahead with a strong agricultural effort to revive its production of the tulip during the 1960's. As it turned out, Noordoostpolder’s soil is ideal for tulip bulbs; flash forward to current day, around 2000 hectares (again, picture 2000 rugby fields) of tulips are planted annually!